Reach your potential as a student in our bachelor’s in business administration degree program.
The General Program competency-based degree completion option1 is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.
Each BS in Business Administration competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits.
This represents the minimum credits for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-515-3563.
Personal goals, values, and purpose represent the foundations of effective personal leadership. In this introductory course, students explore this concept of personal leadership in their own work and community roles. Through the application of self-assessment tools, students can gain insights into their leadership strengths as well as those areas representing opportunities for improvement. The roles of emotional intelligence and social intelligence are introduced to provide a more comprehensive model of personal leadership. Students also investigate the alignment of Walden’s mission of social change with broader societal issues in the workplace, including the relationship between personal and organizational leadership.
The roles, functions, and styles of managers, specifically principles and procedures for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations, are addressed in this introductory course. Emphasized is the practical application of theory to reality. Students focus on the techniques, tools, and methods of managerial decision making and employee motivation, as well as consider the effects of ethical leadership and management practices on an organization. This course is structured so that students have the opportunity to see the interrelationships among the functions, components, and disciplines that comprise the field of management and thereby gain a comprehensive perspective as a foundation for the further study of management.
Students take a top-down approach to understanding introductory accounting documents and procedures by exploring a business’s financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement in this course. Students explore the practical uses for information that can be gleaned from these statements, individually and as a whole, through a detailed examination of the properties and characteristics of each statement. Students engage in application assignments and discussions on a variety of topics, such as regulations that should be followed when preparing financial statements as promulgated by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Students examine the U.S. use of GAAP in comparison to the use of International Financial Reporting Standards.
The principles of microeconomics explain how in a market economy the price system answers the following fundamental economic questions: What goods and services are produced and distributed as well as how and for whom? Students in this course examine how basic economic principles and supply and demand models affect business decisions and strategies. They explore the impact of market structures—such as monopolies and competitive markets—on price setting, market equilibrium, and the strategies and behaviors of organizations. Students also examine how government and global markets affect an organization’s operations and strategic initiatives.
Responsible business leaders and decision makers must conduct transactions and operations according to clearly defined rules, laws, and processes to ensure stability and protection for their company. Students in this course examine the legal issues faced by managers, fundamental legal principles, and common issues in the field, such as criminal law, tort law, employment law, and contract disputes. Students engage in activities focused on the responsibilities of business professionals, such as understanding the fundamental legal principles in business and commerce, analyzing business contracts, choosing legal structures for businesses, and understanding the regulatory context.
In this course, students examine the fundamentals of probability and descriptive and inferential statistics. Students learn concepts of confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, simple regression, and correlation analysis, focusing on the application of these techniques to business decision making. They also examine statistical process control (SPC) concepts and how an organization can use SPC in its decision making. Applying these concepts to analyze hypothetical case scenarios, students can learn practical ways that they can use statistics in their daily life.
The importance of data science cuts across nearly all major industries and companies. In this course, students explore the scope and multidisciplinary nature of data science with a focus on solving problems using data across disciplines. Students will see how tools like Watson Analytics can be used to discover patterns and meaning in data. They consider ethical considerations related to data science applications, develop a questioning mind-set, and explore a data science framework that can be applied to any industry, business, or organization.•
In this course, students examine basic marketing functions and the execution of successful marketing processes. They focus on how an organization’s marketing efforts can build and establish relationships with its customers and beyond. Students examine tools such as situational and SWOT analyses to determine the attractiveness of a market opportunity and explore marketing mix tactics for product and service life cycle stages. Students gain a fundamental understanding of marketing concepts, practices, terminology, associated technologies, effectiveness, and practical applications, including customer relationship management.
This course is a comprehensive overview of human resource management for students. They discuss the role of human resources managers as strategic business partners who focus on the mission and goals of an organization. Students examine traditional topics, such as job analysis and design, talent acquisition, development and training, compensation and other benefits, retention, health and safety, and employee relations. They also examine tools, methods, and strategies that aid contemporary HR processes and responsibilities. Through case studies and practical exercises, students work toward gaining the skills that enable them to develop important employment policies and procedures, such as those addressing ethical and equal opportunity issues in regard to legal and environmental regulations. Students also examine the role of HR in helping an organization effect positive social change.
All organizations must collect and analyze financial information to make important decisions regarding operations, such as payments, budgeting, and investing in new business. Students in this course learn to use financial and managerial finance theory, concepts, and tools to make better financial management decisions as well as to conduct sound financial analysis. They examine the principles of finance from an applied perspective through the examination of difficult strategic and operational decisions that exist in the business environment. Students gain hands-on financial management experience as they compile financial statements, analyze and report financial results, relate financial results to ethical business practices and decision making, and calculate elements of time value of money for single or multiple cash flows. They also examine the features and valuation methods of stocks and bonds, as well as the relationship between investment returns and risk premiums.
All businesses rely on systems to process, collect, share, and store important information. The most effective way to help an organization achieve its goals is to understand how to leverage information systems and emerging technology. In this course, students have the opportunity to gain skills needed to employ such leverage in the professional arena, such as learning how IT can impact an organization’s competitive advantage. Students explore the information technology components of e-commerce business models, how emerging trends and technology can enable innovation, and the effects of ethical issues and security-related IT practices. They examine the characteristics of information systems and their role in organizations. They also assess and discuss the impact that information systems have on the enterprise as a whole, in addition to their current architectures, enabling tools, and project cycles.
An overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of business operations management is provided to students in this course. Students focus on operations, the supply chain, and the process of transforming resources into products and services. They explore the responsibility of operations managers to make cost-effective and cross-functional decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing and service organizations. Students examine product flow processes and product-process strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness within organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn the process of planning, implementing, and monitoring operations to ensure the continuous improvement and quality standards of goods and services.
In this capstone experience, students apply knowledge gained throughout the entire program to demonstrate mastery of various core business competencies. Students apply and integrate a variety of skills, technologies, tools, and knowledge to assess strategic issues in a real-world context to develop recommendations for organizational change and/or improvement. Through this capstone, students also demonstrate their understanding and competency in identifying complex problems and solutions.
Note: Students in the course-based modality will engage in a third-party, online, simulation-based strategic management activity, and students in the competency-based modality will complete a comprehensive business proposal focused on employing strategies to build sustainable competitive advantage.